Virgin Galactic rocket plane flies to edge of space

Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic space plane has conducted the first of three key test flights that should enable it to enter commercial service. Sir Richard has some 600 paying customers waiting to take the same ride.

Blue Origin Will Finally Fly Passengers to Space in July

Blue Origin recently announced they are planning to conduct the first crewed flight with the New Shepard by July 20th. In addition to the Blue Origin astronaut crew, one seat is being set aside for a commercial passenger.

Virgin Galactic unveils its first 'SpaceShip III' suborbital spacecraft

Last week, Virgin Galactic, the space tourism firm owned by Richard Branson, revealed its newest design, SpaceShip III, with the first vehicle in this line dubbed “VSS Imagine.” 

Blue Origin Is Very Close To Flying Humans To Space

Blue Origin says it is “very, very close” to flying humans on suborbital launches to the edge of space after a successful test flight of a human-capable rocket and capsule last Thursday.

Design for a Space Habitat With Artificial Gravity

We are now one step closer to space with a recent U.S. paper that describes a way to build an expandable space habitat of concentric cylinders that can house up to 8000 people.

Virgin Galactic set for last key rocket test flights

Virgin Galactic already has its commercial operating licence but it has to work through a list of "verification and validation" milestones before it can welcome passengers aboard. 

SpaceX Plans to Send Tourists Farther into Space

SpaceX will work with space tourism company Space Adventures to send up to four people into space onboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft. The mission will send tourists to “twice the altitude of any prior civilian astronaut mission or space station visitor".

Virgin Galactic Unveils Spacesuit For Space Tourists

The world’s first exclusive spacewear system for private astronauts, designed by Under Armour in collaboration with Sir Richard Branson owned Virgin Galactic has been unveiled for Suborbital SpaceShipTwo Flights.

Elon Musk Starship Update

SpaceX's Starship and Super Heavy launch vehicle is a fully, rapidly reusable transportation system designed to carry both crew and cargo to Earth orbit, the Moon, Mars, and anywhere else in the solar system.

World’s Largest Aircraft Completes First Flight

The six-engine jet that will be used to launch rockets into space took off from Mojave Airport in California last Saturday. The first flight of Stratolaunch lasted 2 hours and 30 minutes and reached 5,180 meters.

Virgin Galactic Sends Three People to the Edge of Space

Virgin Galactic has reached another milestone in their fight test program. The flight took place on February 22nd and three people in the crew spent several weightless minutes aboard the spacecraft.

Blue Origin aims to fly humans late in 2019

Unlike some previous test missions, Wednesday's New Shepard flight followed the same profile that space tourists will take. But The company has yet to begin selling tickets for the six-person capsule.

New Glenn: Blue Origins Big Reusable Rocket

New Glenn is a two-stage orbital launch vehicle with an optional third stage and a reusable first stage. Launches of the New Glenn are planned to be made from Spaceport Florida Launch Complex 36 in 2020.

Prototype Version of the SpaceX Starship is Under Construction

Elon Musk recently provided updates on the mini-Starship prototype that will making a test flight next year, including the fact that it will be built from a stainless steel alloy.

Virgin Galactic Test Flight Reaches The Edge Of Space

Virgin Galactic’s fourth powered test flight of a SpaceShipTwo mothership took two pilots to the edge of space for the first time. The test was all about proving the spaceship is safe and can one day carry tourists.